Another Tight Road Loss For USC Women
Feb. 10, 2013
SEATTLE, WASH. -- The USC women's basketball team made a spirited second-half effort to put its hosts on their heels, but the Trojans still wound up with another road loss in falling short of Washington, 61-58, today in Seattle. USC received career days from Deanna Calhoun and Desiree Bradley, whose offensive effort helped key USC's push to a slim lead late in the game. The Huskies' Jazmine Davis would emerge as the top gun on the day, however, scoring Washington's last four points to steal away the lead and the win. USC goes to 8-15 overall and 5-7 in Pac-12 play with its fourth straight loss. Washington improves to 17-6, 9-3.
In a welcome turnaround from the past few games, USC upped its pressure in the second half. That helped USC dig out from a 10-point halftime hole, but it took a lot of work to get back in the game. Cassie Harberts' 16th points of the day bumped USC ahead 58-57 with 2:45 to go, but the Trojans were unable to score the rest of the way while Washington fought back to win it. Harberts was back in double digits for the Trojans, joined by Ariya Crook with 15 and Desiree Bradley with a career-high 11. Deanna Calhoun was next in line with a career-high eight points for USC, which shot 39 percent from the floor in the game to beat out Washington's 36 percent. USC also improved on the boards, winning out 38-37. But Washington was near-perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 13-of-14 while USC was 5-of-11 from the stripe. Washington got a game-high 24 points from Jazmine Davis, 13 points from Talia Walton and 11 rebounds from Aminah Williams.
USC missed six straight shots and dipped behind by 10 as the Huskies struck out on a 12-1 run to lead 23-13 with 8:40 to go in the first half. Cassie Harberts ended the drought with a jumper with 8:15 on the clock and Deanna Calhoun made it a run with a score down low. Desiree Bradley would finish off a trip into the lane, and USC had trimmed that deficit down to four, trailing 23-19 with 6 minutes to go. A three from Ariya Crook a minute later had the Trojans within one in the final five minutes, but the Huskies kept digging and had USC back in a 10-point hole by the halftime buzzer.
A couple Bradley threes in the early stages of the second half helped spark the Trojans, who kept creeping closer. When UW drained a three to jump ahead 49-42, USC tightened up its defense and work on the boards and manufactured a 9-0 run anchored by three straight buckets from Deanna Calhoun down low. That boosted the Trojans to their first lead since the 13:25 mark of the first half, as Calhoun's eighth points of the day made it 51-49 USC with 7:40 to go. Bradley, too, decided to join Calhoun with a career day in draining her third 3-pointer with 5:42 on the clock. She'd pick off a Husky pass next and hit Crook for the fast break runner, and USC was up 56-53 entering the final five minutes. Later, a mystery offensive foul against Calhoun set up Washington with the ball going the other way, and the Huskies took advantage of the chance with a go-ahead score, up 57-56 with three minutes left. Harberts answered with a score to lift USC back ahead 58-57 with 2:45 to go, USC would get no calls down low on its next offensive series. A jump ball call put the ball in Husky hands, and Washington's Jazmine Davis made it 59-58 with 1:20 remaining. A runner from Crook with 20 seconds left would slide off the rim, and USC was forced to foul. Davis sank both her ensuing free throws to make it 61-58, and Crook's next desperation 3-point try was rebounded by the Huskies with 1.2 seconds on the clock and USC was out of time to answer, taking the road loss to Washington.
USC now returns home to Galen Center for a stretch of three straight home games. The Trojans will host Stanford at 8 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 17) and Cal at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 19). Then it's a Tuesday (Feb. 19) rivalry matchup with UCLA at 8 p.m. All three games will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.